Why do you follow the accounts you do on Instagram?
I follow travel and tourism accounts to get inspiration for future travel plans.
Scrolling through my feed this morning, CN Traveler featured an interesting picture of a little village ‘accessible by traversing a quarter mile footbridge suspended at great heights’ – Civita di Bagnoreggio.
I must go there!
A quick look on ViaMichelin, my favourite online mapping tool, and I see it’s a comfortable weekend drive down the A1 to Orvieto, just north of Rome.
There seems to be a nice looking lake nearby as well – Lago di Bolsena.
Add to that a drive back through Montepulciano (nice little wine village) and on to another find near Empoli; San Miniato – thanks to a post by Italiait, the official Instagram account for tourism in Italy.
It’s been a beautiful start to the day.
All we need now is for the outside air to warm up so that I can get my shorts on and strap the camera round my neck.
Actually, I sling it over my shoulder; or carry it casually by the grip.
Outside the Russian Kremlin in Moscow.
It is a sunny day in late winter. There is no longer snow on the ground but it is still very cold and spring feels a long way off.
The lack of foliage on the trees allows us to see through to the golden onions of the Russian Kremlin Churches – the Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals (left) and Archangel’s Cathedral (centre).
The Ivan the Great Bell Tower – said to mark the exact centre of Moscow – is the tall golden dome on the right.
In Russia, the word Kremlin implies a medieval, inner-city fortress. In earlier times it would have probably meant a fortified town, or town surrounded by a wall.
There are therefore a number of kremlins in Russia; although when we talk about The Kremlin, we usually mean where the workings of power take place in the Russian capital, Moscow.
As well as being the official working residence of the Russian President, the Moscow Kremlin also houses Russia’s main museum.
The outer red brick wall of the Moscow Kremlin was built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; replacing the earlier fire hazard, made of wood.
The tower on the left is The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower and to the left of that is The Grand Kremlin Palace.
The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso clings to a rock face along Lago Maggiore, Italy, with the Swiss Alps in the background.
Lake Reschen is the largest lake above 1,000 metres in the Alps.
Located south of the Reschen Pass, in South Tyrol, Italy the area is popular with cyclists.
A large car-park near the lake is handy for drivers seeking a quick photo opportunity.
Located on Zwarteleenstraat in Zillebeke, south-east of Ypres, the cratered landscaping of Hill 60 bears the scars of a silent witness to an underground war of mines and counter-mines.
Marked on the map as 60 metres above sea level, the hill was made of the soil from the Ypres to Comines railway cutting.
The Germans captured Hill 60 during the First Battle of Ypres.
The first British ‘deep’ mine exploded on 17th February 1915 but they would have to wait until April 17th before another explosion allowed them to briefly take over the hill.
On the Western Front, during World War One, much of the war was spent in trenches; long, narrow ditches dug into the earth where soldiers lived together day and night.
Held by infantry, the trenches defined the front lines and death was never far away.
This reconstructed section of original German trench system, including four bunkers and two mine shafts, is located about 2km north of Wijtschate.
Access to the Bayernwald German Trenches is by prior booking from the Heuvelland Tourist Office in Kemmel.
An old man in prayerful contemplation at Etchmiadzin Cathedral, in Armenia.
Although not seen in this image, Armenian beads have a ‘Khatchkar’ Cross.